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Cal Fire Crews Prepare For Prescribed Burn Along Highway 41

MADERA COUNTY – Cal Fire crews are working along Highway 41 to prepare for a prescribed burn aimed at lowering the number of wildfires along the corridor. The prescribed burn will span approximately 11 miles along the east side of Highway 41 from the Friant canal (Mile Marker 6.95) just north of Avenue 15, to Road 200 (mile marker 17.91) ...

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Highway 49 Reopens From Bear Valley To State Route 132

MARIPOSA COUNTY – It has been over three weeks since Caltrans closed both lanes of Highway 49 in northern Mariposa County for repairs. The closure added up to one hour of additional travel time for some motorists wishing to reach the communities of Bear Valley, Coulterville, Greeley Hill and Mariposa. Today, Caltrans announced that it has completed repairs and opened ...

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Supervisors OK Deal To Buy Building For New Oakhurst Satellite Government Center

MADERA — Supervisors on Tuesday OK’d spending $1.86 million to purchase an office building in Oakhurst earmarked to become the County’s new satellite government center. If the deal stays on track, residents of Eastern Madera County’s mountain communities could be breezing in and out of the new facility as soon as this fall to pull permits, pay bills or drop ...

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Two County Fire Stations To Be Closed In The Mountain Area

MADERA – The Madera County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously today to close two county fire stations and consolidate staff and equipment with others nearby. Madera County Fire Station 16 in Ahwahnee will be closed, as will Station 17 in O’Neals. Madera County Assistant Fire Chief Matt Watson told the board this morning that while “the concept of consolidation may ...

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Cal Fire Burn Restrictions And Guidelines For Madera County

MADERA – The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) Madera-Mariposa-Merced Unit (MMU) has announced that effective 8 am. on Monday, May 13, hazard reduction burning in Eastern Madera County is restricted below 1,000 feet in elevation. Hazard reduction burning above 1,000 feet is allowed on permissive burn days with a valid permit from San Joaquin Valley Air ...

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Purple Cow Gives Way To Greener Pastures

OAKHURST — The former homes of two prominent local businesses — the Purple Cow and Mike’s Iron Horse Barbecue — were demolished Thursday. Crews using heavy equipment leveled both dilapidated structures this week as the first stage of a redevelopment project off Highway 41 and Royal Oaks Drive. California Paving handled the demo work, removing everything on the property — ...

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Flash Flood Warning For Mariposa County, Heavy Rain In Central California

MARIPOSA – The National Weather Service in Hanford has issued a Flash Flood Warning for central Mariposa County until 8:15 p.m. There is a broader alert issued for Central California (see below). At 2:16 p.m. today, Doppler radar indicated heavy rain across central Mariposa County. Flash flooding and debris flows are expected to begin shortly. Some locations that will experience ...

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Supervisors Approve Controversial Roundabout In North Fork

MADERA – The Madera County Board of Supervisors today voted unanimously to approve a $1.97-million contract to build Madera County’s first public roundabout in North Fork. The controversial project has been in the planning stages for nearly three years and will be been funded, in large part, by a federal clean-air grant. The circular intersection, in which traffic flows in ...

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One Day, One-Way Traffic Control On Highway 41

MADERA COUNTY — If you’re traveling between the city and the foothills via Highway 41 on Wednesday, be prepared for a bit of a delay. Caltrans crews will be working on the southbound lane of Highway 41 between Avenue 15 and Avenue 12 on Wednesday, May 8, between the hours of 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. The work is to ...

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